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February 8, 2013
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Project engineer selected for loop road project

A former CalTrans official has been named project engineer for the US 50/South Shore Revitalization Project

Former Caltrans Chief of Staff Mark Rayback with Wood Rodgers was selected by the Tahoe Transportation District, it was announced Friday.

"As U.S. 50 (aka Loop Road) moves forward having a person of Mark's extensive experience guiding transportation projects will keep our audiences well informed on all aspects of the project - community, business and technical," said transportation district manager Carl Hasty.

Rayback's current responsibilities on the project will expand to include presentations to community and services groups, local businesses and City Council with informational updates, facts and next steps.

Alfred Knotts, Project Manager for US 50, will continue to oversee the Project Delivery Team, comprised of local, state, and federal partners as well as technical experts. The PDT meets regularly to guide the development of the project and reviews feasible alternatives, environmental impacts, transportation standards and estimated costs.

With both California and Nevada legislatures currently in session, program funding for transportation projects is an important and timely component. Hasty will seek program funding and consensus on the myriad of transportation projects throughout the Tahoe Basin.

Rayback has initiated and successful implemented several high profile and complex projects in the private sector. His project experience includes transportation engineering, environmental compliance, information technology, public outreach and management. He has also assisted TTD with a study for the California Regional Water Quality Control Board Lahontan Region and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection on the Total Maximum Daily Load, for water quality standards.

The US 50/South Shore Revitalization project is a possible realignment of Highway 50 between Lake Parkway in Nevada and Pioneer Trail in California. A reclassification from federal highway to local street status would provide for local area control and development of a local "main street." Various alternatives are currently being vetted through the public process for the Environmental Impact Study. A decision will be made after the completion of the EIS.

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The Record Courier Updated Feb 8, 2013 08:44PM Published Feb 8, 2013 08:36PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.